Water managment

Water releases from Menindee Lakes spurs concern among landholders

7 October 2017

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) ordered a release of about 70 gigalitres of water from Saturday until mid-November to meet the demands of the Murray River over summer.

The MDBA said about 100gL is expected to be lost from evaporation, seepage, and Broken Hill’s domestic use during the same period.

The releases were requested following a drier than average winter across the Basin, contrary to a wet season last year which saw huge inflows into the Menindee Lakes.

Lower Darling irrigator Rachel Strachan said she was concerned there would not be enough water to meet her needs if dry conditions persisted.

Read more on the ABC.